Author of Homeland
Interview Starts at 18:13
You could imagine a million conceptual ways that you could design that feature (eBook updates) so that it doesn’t put people at risk. Such as, having the device poll a server to find out if there are any updates for its files and then notifying the owner of the device when there are updates and allowing the owner to choose and also, for example, saving the old version so the owner could revert if the update turned out to be faulty in some way. If you wanted to maximize the utility of the Kindle to owners instead of maximize the ability to do creepy, Orwellian junk with it that’s how you’d do it.
Show Notes and Links:
“Barnes & Noble Rethinks Its Strategy for the Nook” - New York Times article by Leslie Kaufman on February 28, 2013
“Kindle App Updates Demonstrate iOS App Store Flaw” by Jeff Carlson at TidBITS – February 27, 2013
Kindle Paperwhite ad “Perfect at the Beach”
Amazon Customer Discussion comments about the ad
How to donate a Kindle to E-Books for Troops
Eolake Stobblehouse’s blog post on adding fonts to your Kindle Paperwhite
More info on fonts procedure at eBook Reader
“On a roll: why E Ink is still the leader in e-paper”by Dr. Guillaume Chansin at Printed Electronics World – Feb 20, 2013
Cory Doctorow Interview
Cory Doctorow’s home page
Cory Doctorow’s listing at Wikipedia
Aaron Swartz’s obituary in The New York Times – January 12, 2013
Boing Boing blog
Homeland by Cory Doctorow – $9.99 on Kindle
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow – $9.99 on Kindle
Lawful interception listing at Wikipedia
Zero-Day exploits - Wikipedia
Barnaby Jack report of vulnerability of implanted heart defibrillators – via The Register.
New York Times account of Amazon’s deletion of Orwell books in 2009
Doctorow interviews at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference in NYC
Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey – $7.99 on Kindle
Video blurb for Digital Disruption
“Justified” and “The Shield” available at Prime Instant Video – Amazon press release on February 26, 2013
“Justified” Season 1 Pilot episode at Amazon Prime Instant Video
Salon article on January 7, 2013 by Kristopher Jansma on interconnections between Elmore Leonard’s fiction and the “Justified” TV series
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1-5) by Hugh Howey – $5.99 on Kindle
Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.
Next Week’s Interview Guest:
Denver literary agent Kristin Nelson, whose clients include Hugh Howey.